Tag Archives | Climate Change

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change?

from NYTs Foresters began noticing the patches of dying pines and denuded oaks, and grew concerned. Warmer winters and drier summers had sent invasive insects and diseases marching northward, killing the trees. If the dieback continued, some woodlands could become shrub land. Most trees can migrate only as fast as their seeds disperse — and […]

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Scientists Accidentally Discover A Process To Turn Co2 Into Fuel

from kottke Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have stumbled upon a process that uses “nanospikes” to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol, a common fuel. This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which […]

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The Economics of California’s Drought

from The Atlantic As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state’s 20th-century average. Warm temperatures and clear skies may strike a beleaguered Bostonian as the cause for celebration. But in California, the dry conditions mean that the state’s […]

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What If All The Ice Melted?

from kottke.org If all the glaciers and snow and ice in the world melted, the sea level would rise 216 feet and, as this National Geographic map of the world shows, things would look a little different. There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take […]

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Temperature Chart For The Last 11,000 Years

from kottke For the first time, researchers have put together all the climate data they have (from ice cores, coral, sediment drilling) into one chart that shows the “global temperature reconstruction for the last 11,000 years”: The climate curve looks like a “hump”. At the beginning of the Holocene – after the end of the last Ice […]

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Google Glass Could Be Banned for Drivers in West Virginia

from Wired We knew this was coming. Legislators in West Virginia are proposing an amendment that bans Google Glass or any other head-mounted display while driving. The amendment, sponsored by 10 West Virginia legislators and spearheaded by Gary G. Howell (R),inserts new language into HB 3057 that bans “using a wearable computer with head mounted display.” […]

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Can a Number Solve the Climate Change Conundrum?

from Scientific American Author Bill McKibben never saw this coming. Founder of 350.org, an environmental campaign aimed at holding atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations below 350 parts per million, McKibben sent word that this Saturday would be the day to take to the streets. The call went viral in ways far beyond anything McKibben and fellow […]

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